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    06-26-2008, 09:58 AM
Fly sprays?

Wondering who uses what... :)

I used Endure last year and it worked. This year Endure doesn't help much. I use fly mask even when I ride but my qh bucks when they bite her in bum, so I try to find something which actually would work...

BTW, my neighbor's tried that chemical you put along the spine (not sure of brand), and doesn't look like helping much either.
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    06-26-2008, 02:16 PM
I think fly sprays are like dewormer-you have to rotate cause they build up resistance to the active ingredients. Keep em guessing. The worst are the stable flies...the little flies don't usually warrant a buck, but those horse and stable flies can hurt!

Beyond just good stable/pasture management to keep the pests undercontrol, you have to just sort of guess which brand of spray will work this year.

I'm using homemade stuff, trying to stay away from the chemicals, cause I'm prego. Good luck in finding your magic formula for the season!
    06-26-2008, 03:01 PM
Hm-hm... Good point. May be they indeed build up resistance. I'm not very happy with those chemical either, but home-made didn't help much. :(

Actually, it's not that bad in field, but when I ride (especially on trails) we have those flies with yellow stripes, and OMG they bite! And also those huge horse flies...
    06-26-2008, 03:40 PM
Oh, yeah. Those are the ones I'm talking about that fly spray doesn't phase half the time anyways. I HATE those. You ever get one on your back? OUCH! Can't blame the horses for being snots about it, either.

Sometimes I resort to the cheap "Horse and Pony/Stable" spray oilbased formula. It works pretty well, it might or might not this season for you, and it attracts dust like crazy, but you'd be suprised how well it works sometimes!
    06-26-2008, 04:29 PM
I agree that rotating works the best. I used Endure last year and that worked then but this year it does nothing so I switched to Pyranna which works wonders. I also have my boy in a fly sheet during turnout and that is the best invention ever. It keeps him much cooler than the other horses and keeps the flies away.
    06-26-2008, 08:07 PM
Originally Posted by barefoothooves
Oh, yeah. Those are the ones I'm talking about that fly spray doesn't phase half the time anyways. I HATE those. You ever get one on your back? OUCH! Can't blame the horses for being snots about it, either.
I got it on my legs several times, so I know how they feel! :) Can't blame them for kicking out on flies when I ride.
Actually, I'm really afraid they won't be standing well this time for farrier (who is coming next week). Well... We'll see... :roll:
    06-26-2008, 08:11 PM
Mudypony, thanks! I have to try that one (Pyranna). I have mesh fly sheet, but my horse gets VERY sweaty when I use it, so I kinda gave up (keep it only to keep them clean for show).
    06-26-2008, 09:36 PM
I tried the Defy the Fly on one of my 2 year olds. I just got the leg bands to see how they would work. Besides the fact she went goofy for about 20 min. After we put them on, they worked pretty good. Only up the leg and belly didn't do anything for the face and back. Guess that's why they sell the neck bands too. Only problem is she keeps pulling them off. If it wasn't for the cost of the bands I would leave them lay in the pasture. They need to make them a brighter color so you can see them better when their laying in the grass.
I like the Horse and Pony spray too I think its by Gordons. Its kinda hard to find sometimes. I like the Pyrannah, but it doesn't seem to be working on the horse flys this year.
    06-27-2008, 01:20 PM
I've actually seen that Horse and Pony spray. It's also much cheaper than Endure, for example. The only reason stopped me from getting it it's oil-based, so I really afraid it'll be BIG mess after they roll.
    06-27-2008, 01:27 PM
The horse and Pony isn't THAT bad, it does make airborne dust stick more, but it also makes their coats look a little more shiny.

If you have a light colored or sensitive skinned horse be sure not to oversaturate the skin. It can cause a rash, but I've only seen it on one horse and they were SOAKING her daily with it. She was a palomino color. Turns out, any fly spray with oil and even Shapley's MTG made her break out-it's the oil she was reacting to, but I thought I'd throw that out there just in case.

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